This hasn't been a good week for developers that envision luxury housing on the banks of the Gowanus Canal. The story about the canal having gonorrhea gets fleshed out a little today in the Daily News, which talked to the biology professor whose students found the clap in the canal. She says it's so "ridden with 'aggressive' strains of bacteria she wouldn't live anywhere near it." In addition to gonorrhea, they found flu viruses and other "disease-causing" bacteria in the water. As befits South Brooklyn, "These are species of microorganisms that are very aggressive...When you take the samples and analyze them back at the lab it is scary." You can see the marketing campaign now: Aggressively edgy.
· Gowanus Canal sick with germs, City Tech professors say [NYDN]
· Gowanus Canal Has Gonorrhea [Curbed]